A Triumphant Return to Live Music at Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival
Against all odds, Beaumont Blues & Roots Fest has managed the near impossible by planning a live festival show, September 5. Taking a page from the European handbook, the outdoor show will be set up with 6 person, socially distanced pods to comply with provincial health standards. Tickets will be restricted to just 200 and once on the grounds, concert goers will need to wear masks when using concessions or washroom facilities. The lineup features a heavy Edmonton area roster with legacy act, Junior Gone Wild headlining the event. Punch Drunk Cabaret will take the stage at 7pm for a one hour set that's guaranteed to be packed with pent-up energy. This will also be the first time the band has performed songs from the newly released, Vampire Anthems. For more information check out: https://www.bbrf.ca
Damnation Station Radio is On the Air
Back in March, the band announced that with the pandemic shutting down all live shows, their focus would be to share new music by producing music videos instead of live streams. And with that, Damnation Station Radio became the fifth song to feature a music video from the latest album, Vampire Anthems. Filmed, edited and released entirely in July, the storyline takes place in rural Russia where a sketchy, yet charismatic DJ hosts a pirate radio show that is broadcast from a rusted out milk truck. This marks the directorial debut by Randl Lewis Bailer who also edited the video. Musically, Damnation Station Radio features an unexpected disco-funk groove and apocalyptic lyrics that echoes back to The Clash and early Duran Duran.
Bad Crush on Goth Girls Music Video Release
It's Randl Lewis Bailer's firm belief that PDC's video watching public loves to see the band suffer. It's been a common theme; from trudging across the frozen prairies in search of a redneck bar, climbing the elevations of the harsh Alberta badlands or being nailed in a casket, buried and nearly burnt alive. The latest full cast/production video doesn't disappoint in the misery department as the band is subjected to a television shoot littered with technical issues that results in members either being gassed, wind blown or drowned, all while beautiful, disinterested "goth girls" look on. As always, the band's suffering provides the audience's enjoyment. Once you've had a look, be sure to subscribe to the Punch Drunk Cabaret YouTube channel for the full library of award winning music videos. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMrEVPG6AAXv1-eMZxojsRw
New Album, Vampire Anthems Released!
(and what you need to know about it)
-Parts of the album were recorded on iPhones. The band was one session shy of completing the album before the global lockdown hit, so some parts had to be recorded on iPhones and emailed to the studio.
-The lyrical content is uncannily prophetic. Although songwriting sessions began in late 2018 and were completed last spring, the references to doomsday, strange energy and tumultuous times sound as if they were written mid-pandemic.
- The title is not inspired by schlock horror films. Vampire Anthems, uses the term "vampires" as a metaphor for "survivors" and the songs are, indeed anthemic.
-The production is epic. Chains, cellos, and guitars contorted into synthesizers; as producers, Bailer and Watts used the studio as a laboratory for cinematic sounds.
-Dancing in the Dark. Musically the album is influenced by early 80's post-punk but with signature shards of rockabilly guitar riffs. Dark lyrics set to insatiable rhythms.
-June 2020 Release Date. Since it's inception in 2010, the band has faithfully released an album every two years. Pandemic be damned, Vampire Anthems was released right on schedule.
-Where to get it. Vampire Anthems is available on all digital platforms including right here on the website where many tracks are FREE. All we ask in return is to share with your friends and leave us some feedback.
First Single Released from Vampire Anthems
The first single, We're All in For it Now! has been released on iTunes for those of you who want a head start on building the ultimate summer playlist. Like a bullet train fuelled with pop-punk energy and frantic steampunk swing, We’re All in for it Now! delivers an uncanny lyrical urgency capturing the zeitgeist of these agitated times. The apocalypse never sounded so good.
Collaborative Video Gains International Attention
After a short campaign of reaching out to fans and friends via social media asking for quarantine selfies the band released its second video, Beautiful & Decadent on April 27. Not only did we receive more submissions than we could handle but to our surprise, the video was quickly given an international audience when German webzine UnArt TV featured in their page the following day. Thanks to all who took the time to submit and congrats to those whose photos made the cut. The next video to preview music from the upcoming studio album, Vampire Anthems will be released in mid-May and promises some David Lynch-like images sets to psycho-surf sounds. New territory, indeed!
Choosing Music Videos over Livestreams
With a global pandemic completely obliterating live performances for the foreseeable future, the industry changed overnight from the communal experience of live concerts to unstable livestreams and couch cams via social media. For those familiar with the band's indefatigable live energy and visual aesthetics, attempting wobbly couch cam streams simply doesn't fit the PDC sound and style. Instead, we're staying the course with the production and release of videos from the new album, Vampire Anthems, but upping the ante by reaching out for collaborative opportunities. After the first video for We're All in for it Now! was released in March, we reached out via social media for friends and fans to submit self-isolating selfies based on the theme of the next song, Beautiful & Decadent. We were overwhelmed by the response and are excited to premiere this collaborative work on April 24th. Already, a third and fourth video are set for release in May and June. We hope you enjoy our attempts at producing the best quality work we can. All we ask in return is to share, share, share!
Shooting Wraps Up on New Music Video
The greatest benefit of having won awards for video-making is that it legitimizes the reasons to continue producing them. Such is the case with the production of our sixth music video slated for a May release. The video in question is in support of a brand new track, curiously titled, Bad Crush on Goth Girls that will be featured on the upcoming studio album (due in June). The storyline continues in the typical Punch Drunk Cabaret tradition of the band being subjected to torturous hardship, either physically or metaphorically. And, in this case, both! The action begins with PDC performing on a fictional television show, entitled, Gothik TV. From beautifully heartless goth girls and a director better suited for a fascist rally, the band is subjected to a variety of challenges before the cameras and a live, disinterested studio audience. Thanks to all who answered the casting call for audience members and, of course, the excellent Edmonton area talent who made up the cast. More to come...
LIVE Limited Edition Vinyl Released
For a band that's built its reputation on a fiery, audience-participatory live show, it seemed the most logical record ever to make. The final months of 2019 were capped with LIVE ...Under the Darkest Sky. Captured on limited edition, heavy weight, marbled vinyl, a 10 track live show compiled from countless performances across Alberta during the Disturbance tour of 2018-2019. Drummer and resident recording engineer, Sean Watts secretly recorded every live show the band performed over a two year period. At first, the other two members were emailed rough mp3 mixes in an attempt to technically tighten their live performance chops. As the band made improvements, the recordings began capturing the trio at the height of their performance abilities and the spirited audiences as an integral part of the show. Naturally, the discussion turned to sharing the best recordings with the public. This, combined with growing demand from Punch Drunk supporters for a vinyl release clinched the decision to deliver a live album. The first Album Release shows was held in late November, selling out the Manluk Theatre while a second show at the Bailey Theatre was held in December. Although, not available as a download yet, copies can be found at live shows of course as well as at the following Sunrise Records locations: Edmonton (WEM), Calgary (Chinook Centre), Red Deer (Bower Place), Grande Prairie (Prairie Mall).
PDC Wins Calgary Music Award
It was one of those rare moments when the stars aligned on the last day of summer and you find yourself on the receiving end of good fortune. Such was the case September 22 when, on the heels of our first-ever awards show performance, we were called back to the stage to receive top honours for Music Video of the Year for "Don't Die Until You're Dead". Certainly this couldn't have happened without the excellent cast and crew, and of course, Steve Van Deist and Ewen Clarke of Ring Tail Films. It's a little known fact that this production began with numerous complications that nearly doomed its completion so we can't thank the YYCMA's enough for recognizing the blood, sweat and tears that went into it.
Nomination for Rock Recording of the Year
Our first exposure to the Edmonton Music Awards was one of shock when our phones buzzed incessantly in the early hours of June 2017, telling us we had won top honours for Music Video of the Year. We were coming off our busiest month to date and hadn't been able to attend the event. Fast forward to earlier this year, where we were thrilled to learn that we received another nomination, this time for Rock Recording of the Year. This was especially meaningful due to the fact that the band produces it's own albums. Without the luxury of sizeable budgets or acclaimed producers, each album involves all three members holed up in the rodent infested climes of Swampbelly Studio during the dark winter months. So, to be recognized for our efforts in the same category as bigger budget albums with Juno/Grammy winning producers is extremely esteeming. Ensuring PDC's representation at the awards gala, Randy and Teddy hit the red carpet and took in the evening's festivities at the gorgeous Winspear Centre.